368,379 people killed, 306,096 injured and over $2,815,931,000 in economic damages
We’re adding some new links to our site in response to some comments we’ve received in our forums. Specifically, the idea that people who believe in a 2012 doomsday, and by extension any other pseudo-scientific beliefs, have failed to educate themselves, and should be left to their own devices.
The website What’s the Harm has a list of 368,379 people killed, 306,096 injured and over $2,815,931,000 in economic damages that have occurred from people believing in various pseudo-scientific ideas. Many of these are anecdotal, but there is an entire section devoted to cases backed by scientific studies and data.
The site has a section titled What’s the harm in fearing the apocalypse?, showing 1,810 people who were harmed, most of them killed, because of their fear of the apocalypse.
In addition, the section links to A Brief History of the Apocalypse which details many apocalyptic predictions going back thousands of years.
Kate Sherrod, a friend of ours, and a supporter of this website, took the picture below at a bookstore in Cheyenne, Wyoming, showing an end-cap dedicated to “2012” books.
So, what’s the harm? Shouldn’t we leave these people to their own devices? My answer is a resounding “NO!”.
Marshall Masters of yowusa.com has published many articles on Planet X /Nibiru including:
YOWUSA has apparently moved on to Planet X in 2012, which of course many claim is the end of the Mayan calendar. They use the same questionable “evidence” as many sites promoting the failed Planet X in 2003 scam although their articles are obviously the most professionally written articles to spew forth these false claims.
Many of the articles were authored or co-authored by Jacco van der Worp who YOWUSA claims to be a “Dutch Physicist”. Oddly enough Mr. van der Worp doesn’t seem to understand much about the field of physics or astronomy casting doubt on the degree he claims to have earned.
Among the false “signs” for Nibiru:
*The comet studies by Murray, Matese, Whitmire and others.
see What about Comets being “perturbed”?
Obviously a physicist would realize that these studies indicate that something might orbit our Sun in a distant 3 to 5 MILLION YEAR orbit. This is not even remotely like the claimed 3600 year orbit for Nibiru yet someone claiming to be a physicist uses this as supporting evidence for it.
*Jupiter’s red spot is fading.
In reality it has been fading since it was discovered by Galileo in the 1600’s and this fading is nothing new.
*Neptune’s Great Dark Spot has vanished and another has appeared in a different latitude on the planet.
What they don’t tell is that the large spot on Neptune was seen once by Voyager 2 in 1989. When the Hubble space telescope looked again in 1995 they found this spot was gone and a new one was in the opposite hemisphere.
*Also, the single biggest volcanic eruption on record was recently observed on Jupiter’s moon, Io.
The truth? With more than 100 volcanoes Io is the most volcanically active body in our solar system. We have only been able to view a few of these eruptions, and the largest thus far was in Feb. 2001 viewed by the Hubble Space Telescope.
*There is a race to put humans on Mars by 2008 or 2009!
see: Will Mars Become a Nibiru Flyby Safe Haven for Mankind?
There is no evidence for such a claim, A Mars mission would cost billions and require years of planning just to land a few humans on Mars, yet this article implies that there is an effort underway to send a number of people to Mars as a “Safe Haven” from the passage of Nibiru.
And there are many other such claims in YOWUSA articles.
So why does YOWUSA have someone claiming to be a physicist and make such false claims as these?
As always, look for the financial motive.
Apparently publisher of YOWUSA Marshall Masters has written a novel about the Earth encountering Planet X or Nibiru in 2012. While criticizing the “Fear Mongers” such as Mark Hazlewood and Nancy Lieder, YOWUSA is working hard to keep the topic of Nibiru from fading now that the 2003 predictions have failed. They are promoting the same questionable information and switching to Planet X in 2012, and it is a good possibility that this is just to help Mr. Masters book sales.